Jorge Posada still hasn’t decided whether or not he’s going to retire or find another team to play for next season, but one thing that he has realized, if he is going to play it won’t be for the Yankees.
“I don’t think there’s even a percentage of a chance that I can come back,” Posada told reporters yesterday. “… It’s not going to happen.”
Posada, who has played his entire 17-year career in Pinstripes, finished the final year of a four-year $52.4 million deal this season and is set to become a free agent. However the Yankees plan on using Russell Martin behind the plate and Jesus Montero as their DH next year which leaves him with a decision – to find another team or to retire.
“I will always be a Yankee,” he said. “The Yankees for me is my second family. It would be tough to put on another uniform for real and learn another set of rules and all that stuff, but that’s one of those things. I have to see if I want to keep playing… Do I want to do it for somebody else? Do I want to leave home? Do I want to do it all over again without knowing anybody? It would be tough. I’ve got great people, great friends and great teammates and it would be tough to learn new people again.
“At the end of the day, it’s a business,” Posada said. “You look back and you wish there was some things that could have gone differently, but they didn’t. There’s nothing I could control. Everything happened for a reason. I’m not bitter at the Yankees. I’m not bitter at Joe Girardi. I’m not bitter at Brian Cashman. It just happened.”
It’s a tough decision that he has to come to. When Bernie Williams‘ career was done with the Yankees he wanted to continue to play, but in the end he couldn’t play for another team. His former manager Joe Torre was questioned by reporters about this last week and Torre said that he doubted Posada could bring himself to put on a different uniform.
Posada apparently already has a few suitors and he has dropped hints that he may want to play with the Marlins, as he lives in Miami during the offseason. The Fish are set to open a new stadium and are expected to actually spend money this offseason for a change so there could be a fit there. Even though the Yankees haven’t used him at catcher in a while, Posada maintains that he could still play back there and has stayed in shape just in case.
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman has not confirmed that the Yankees won’t be interested in bringing him back next season, saying only that he’s not ready to have that conversation. But it seems clear that the Yankees were ready for this for some time now. In reality, if it weren’t for the fact that he was finishing up a four-year deal they probably didn’t even want him back in 2011.
17 seasons, five World Series rings, and countless memories and it seems as if the ride is now over. Posada may or may not be a Hall of Famer, but if he isn’t that shouldn’t take anything away from his legacy as a great Yankee. It’s only because of the great history of this franchise that he isn’t their best catcher of all-time and even still, he was a good enough player on and off the field that fans will still remember him right there with Yogi Berra as one of the best in teams history.
All good things must come to and end. Andy Pettitte retired last year, Posada might not be retiring but his days are over as a Yankee. Get ready because Mariano Rivera and Derek Jeter are next. This will not be easy.